treading a line between the two sides. delaware governor jack markel, a democrat, is chairman of the national governors association. >> we came not to embrace one plan or the other. we came to make it very clear, a, why it's so important that something happen both on the economic and on the fiscal issue and, b., to make sure that the president, the white house, the administration and members of congress realize that we are willing partners. >> reporter: republican scott walker of wisconsin and other leaders also urged the burden of medicaid spending for the poor not be shifted to the states. >> we hope there's going to be something that happens here in this nation's capital. in the end we hope it's something that is positive for our states both for our finances but also for our states' economies. >> reporter: according to the governors the president reiterated his commitment to try to get an agreement with republicans here at the capital. but in a statement speaker boehner said the president's plan doesn't have the votes to pass the house. mr. boehner said his plan represents a middle ground.